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February 04, 2011

Merging School and Health Care

Here's something you probably didn't know: February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. To commemorate their 28 days, school-based health centers around the nation (of which there are more than 1,900) are inviting local and federal policymakers to tour their facilities, according ...

February 03, 2011

Boycotting the Term 'At Risk'

Educators should stop using the term "at risk" and start using "school dependent," according to principal Brian Nichols of Newport News, Va. "At risk" emphasizes a list of variables that impact success but are outside the school's "circle of influence," he writes on the ASCD EDge social networkin...

January 18, 2011

Virtual 'Teachers' in Fla. Getting Poor Evaluations

Some teachers, students, and parents in Florida are less than satisfied with the virtual classrooms that are being used to deal with class size limitations, according to the New York Times. In response to a 2002 amendment restricting the number of students in classrooms—but not virtual labs...

January 14, 2011

Chinese Educators, Leaders Questioning Focus on Tests

Somewhat ironically, the success of Chinese students on recent international tests has been met with a mixture of embarrassment and soul-searching back home, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

January 13, 2011

Teachers Are Not Social Workers

Teachers should spend less time worrying about students' problems at home and more time creating a positive learning environment at school, wrote Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson. He raised the concern that some teachers, especially those in training, "think that their number one calling in life is to ...

January 11, 2011

'Teacher Attack Day' No Joke Amidst Recent Violence

Last week, six middle school girls in Nevada were arrested for planning to participate in a "Teacher Attack Day" organized through Facebook.

January 06, 2011

Autism Study Debunked, Again

The 1998 British study linking autism to childhood vaccines--a finding that caused a wave of panic among parents and led to a sharp drop in vaccination rates--has been declared a fraud.

December 16, 2010

Can Student Creativity Be Saved?

Educators may need to do a better job of tolerating "wrong" answers.

November 23, 2010

Video Break: A Differently Wired Generation?

Liana's post this morning about the NY Times article on how kids today may be "hard-wired for learning differently" made me think of this video clip I came across recently (maybe you've seen it) of a kid completing not one but two Rubik's Cubes while playing Guitar Hero and, of course, hitting all ...

November 12, 2010

The Perils of Being the 'Cool' Teacher

It's nice to be well-liked by your students, but there's such a thing as being a just little too cool for your own good.

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